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Generally, airlines are required to have content in their ops manual clearly stating who is entitled to flight deck access from the point the engines are started until shutdown. In some countries, such as the UK, airlines are required to limit access only to essential personnel, and foreign airlines must follow the rule while in UK airspace. I would find it ...


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Keep the sun out if facing south or west, help keep the temperature down.


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The main reason why checked luggage is treated differently is that you cannot access it during the flight, therefore eliminating some of the security concerns (like e.g. a knife in checked baggage is not a risk). When your carry-on bag is hand-searched, it is most likely because something could not be seen properly or looked suspicious on the X-ray. The ...


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You did not specify a country for your domestic flight, but in general: Assuming you do not intend to power it on and use it during the flight, it should not be a problem. Esoteric and unusual electronics may get a bit more screening by security services, but should not be explicitly banned. I recommend allowing extra time for security screening, and it ...


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Most escorts are actually unarmed. Fighters don't sit around in their home country with armaments on board. That could lead to incidents like this. Escorts are there primarily to provide eyes on the primary, attempt non-radio communication, and provide instant, reliable reports up the chain of command of anything that happens, such as course changes. ...


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Us mere mortals are not entitled to know of the proceedings taking place behind the thick rubber curtains of the baggage conveyor belt, for reasons too obvious to list here. However, this Youtube video does show us the very infallible super-hi-tech scanners your question is referring to. At least in Atlanta, it seems obvious every checked in luggage goes ...


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9/11 changed the entire paradigm related to hijackings. Before that any hijacking was assumed to be so and so wanting to force the plane to go somewhere, where they would get off, or collect a ransom or whatever. It introduced the idea of airliners being turned into cruise missiles by suicidal hijackers to take out institutional structures. The 9/11 ...


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It would be impossible to list all the possible emergencies that would make a pilot choose to land rather than continue a flight; it may be easier to list the ones that wouldn't cause them to want to land immediately. Pilots are a pretty paranoid bunch on average because the ones that aren't tend to die. Regarding the specific word "return" in your answer, ...


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After the 9/11 hijackings/attacks, the US passed laws mandating that airport security screening be performed by Federal employees (i.e. the Transportation Security Administration, TSA). Wiki link The Airport is required to provide the facilities to allow the screening process and be designed so that you can't slip past it. The Federal government pays the ...


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In the United States of America passenger and baggage screening is handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It is a government run agency and deals with the pat downs, X-Ray machines and frisks. This will get you through "security" and to the terminal area and ultimately on to the plane. If you are coming in from another country you ...


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